Operational Risk Management (ORM) Certificate

The PRMIA Operational Risk Management (ORM) Certificate is designed to deliver a deep, practical understanding of operational risk management frameworks and measurement methodologies in financial institutions.  Successful candidates will be better prepared to implement meaningful risk assessment initiatives, produce useful risk management information and understand basic modeling techniques for operational risk measurement.

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The Guidebook provides an overview of:

  • program design: overview, learning objectives and reading material
  • examination dates and locations
  • fees and registration
  • exam format
  • syllabus
  • preparation


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How to Enroll in the ORM Program & Exam

To enroll, you must first pay the Program Fee.

Upon payment, you will receive access to a digital version of Operational Risk Manager Handbook, 2015 edition, via your PRMIA account profile.

Within 2-3 business days of paying the program fee, you will receive an exam authorization for Pearson VUE, allowing you to schedule the Operational Risk Management (ORM) exam at a Pearson VUE testing center. Your exam authorization is valid for 12 months after purchase.

Important notice about COVID19 and PRMIA examinations

As you prepare to schedule and take your examination at a Pearson VUE test center, learn more about Pearson VUE's country-based guidance to ensure your health and safety as well as the safety of employees at the Pearson VUE testing centers.

If you are unable to sit for your exam at a test center, remote-proctored examination options are available.

If you experience difficulty scheduling your exam, please contact us.

ORM Program Fee & Enrollment

ORM Program Fee Price
Sustaining Member Price $468
Contributing Member Price $494
Non-member Price $520

 
Discounts available to groups, contact certification@prmia.org for more information.

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Who holds the ORM Certificate?

Access a list of risk professionals holding the ORM Certificate from 2016 onward in our

Certifications Public Directory

ORM Exam Preparation Resources

The ORM Certificate is designed for self-study and is based on the PRMIA Operational Risk Manager Handbook, together with PRMIA Case Studies.

Optional preparation resources are also available to help you prepare for the ORM exam, but they are not required to pass the exam.

Required ORM Resources

The required study resources listed below are designed for self-study.

The Operational Risk Manager Handbook

The Operational Risk Manager Handbook is a best practices guide to all elements needed for the successful implementation of an effective risk management framework and the management of operational risk. Designed to deliver a deep, practical understanding of operational risk management, risk management frameworks and measurement methodologies in financial institutions, the handbook is written by an all practitioner author team from major financial institutions around the globe.

ORM Handbook Introduction and Table of Contents 
*This download only includes the ORM Handbook's Introduction and Table of Contents. A full version of the ORM Handbook is provided post enrollment.

The ORM Handbook Digital Resources

The ORM Handbook cites supplemental digital resources, which are provided below. Resources are listed based on the chapter where the reference is cited.

Chapter Resource
Pre-4: Introduction to Operational Risk Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS): Principles for the Sound Management of Operational Risk
Pre-4: Introduction to Operational Risk Observed range of practice in key elements of Advanced Measurement Approaches (AMA), July 2009 – BCBS
Pre-4: Introduction to Operational Risk Operational Risk – Supervisory Guidelines for the Advanced Measurement Approaches, June 2011 – BCBS
Pre-4: Introduction to Operational Risk OCC – Interagency Guidance On The Advanced Measurement Approaches For Operational Risk
Pre-4: Introduction to Operational Risk OCC – Risk Management of New, Expanded, or Modified Bank Products and Services
Pre-4: Introduction to Operational Risk OCC - Third Party Relationships
Pre-4: Introduction to Operational Risk Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS): Principles for Effective Risk Data Aggregation and Risk Reporting

 

PRMIA Case Studies freely available from our website:

PRMIA ORM Case Studies


ORM Optional Online Resources

PRMIA offers live, on-demand, and self-study programs for those who wish to reinforce their ORM studies.

ORM Self Study

Designed to complement the ORM Handbook readings, this self study course combines video lectures with readings and assessments to offer the optimal study assistance.

Self-Study Training   
 

Virtual Online Training Programs

Designed to offer live or on demand learning in a variety of topics that align to the ORM syllabus, PRMIA offers new virtual training each month. New topics related to Operational Risk are added month - check the listing often for courses that suit your needs.

Virtual Training

ORM Certificate Frequently Asked Questions

Please be sure to download and review the Operational Risk Management (ORM) Candidate Guidebook which includes complete details about the program and its requirements. The questions below reflect some common questions received.

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What is the Difference Between the PRMTM Designation and the Operational Risk Management (ORM) Certificate?

The PRM Designation is our most academically advanced program and designed to cater to all the needs of a Chief Risk Officer. Only successful candidates of the PRM designation are entitled to use the PRM title. The PRM is achieved by passing a series of four exams to be successfully completed within a two year time frame.

The ORM Certificate is designed to deliver a deep, practical understanding of operational risk management frameworks and measurement methodologies in financial institutions. Successful candidates will be better prepared to implement meaningful risk assessment initiatives, produce useful risk management information and understand basic modeling techniques for operational risk measurement.

ORM Certificate Holders will receive a certificate but will not be entitled to use the PRM title.

What is required to receive the ORM Certificate?

Candidates are required to pass one exam to be awarded the ORM Certificate.

Are there any pre-requisites to write the exam?

The only prerequisite to take the ORM exam is to have an account with PRMIA.

Are candidates required to complete yearly continuing education credits?

The ORM Certificate does not require any continuing education to be completed.

What do I have to do to maintain my certification?

The only requirement in maintaining your certification is to uphold the highest professional and ethical standards as defined by the PRMIA Standards of Best Practice, Conduct and Ethics.

What if I fail the exam the first time I take it?

Candidates may retake the exam by paying purchasing a new exam authorization. The cost for a new exam authorization is $468 for non-members and is discounted for members. Please, contact support@prmia.org for a link to purchase a retake exam.  Candidates must wait 90 days from the date of the failed exam to retake the exam.  

What are the required reading materials?

The PRMIA ORM Handbook, the ORM Handbook digital resources, and the ORM Case Studies & Standards.

What additional study resources are available for the ORM Certificate?

Expand and review the Resources & Training section on this page for the lists of resources.

How much study time do I need to prepare?

Preparation time will vary greatly according to your knowledge and understanding of the subject matter prior to your self-study. This will also vary according to your ability to commit dedicated and uninterrupted time to your study as well as other factors. In general, candidates who prepare for the exams of the ORM Certificate allocate about four hours per week for three months in preparation for the exam.

What are the current offering dates?

The ORM exam is offered on all workdays except local government holidays. Please visit the Pearson Vue - PRMIA landing page to check the nearest test center’s availability.

Are any discounts available?

Discounts are available for companies or institutions that wish to enroll a group of candidates in any part of the program. The candidates need not sit at the same time, and your group will have up to one year to use the testing slots purchased. Contact certification@prmia.org to learn more.

How long is the exam?

The ORM exam is two hours long and consists of 60 multiple choice questions.

Do the exams have multiple choice and written answers?

Questions are all multiple choice. Exam questions are randomly drawn from the exam data base, according to the syllabus order and weightings. There are no written answers questions.

In which languages can I take the ORM exam?

The ORM Exam is offered in the English language only.

How do I register?

You must enroll in the program to register for the exam. Spaces at the testing centers will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, so you are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

What do I receive with registration?

The program fee will provide you with an authorization to take the exam and the digital version of the handbook. The exam authorization is valid for 1 year after purchase of the program fee. A retake exam must be purchased if the authorization expires before the exam is taken. 

What information is shared with Pearson VUE?

In order to authorize you to take the ORM Examination, PRMIA sends the following details to Pearson VUE. These details are taken from your primary address and phone number you provide in your PRMIA profile. The data are sent to Pearson VUE only when you purchase the ORM program fee or a retake exam fee.

 - PRMIA unique identifier (an internal ID)
 - First and Last Name, and Middle Name or Prefix, if provided
 - Salutation, if provided
 - Email address
 - Primary address and phone number

Visit the PRMIA Privacy Policy for more information. 

Can I cancel or reschedule my exam?

In recognition of the busy and changing schedules of risk managers, you may change your exam appointment without charge through the Pearson VUE system. Please note that all change requests must be made at least one business day before the testing date or the entire exam fee will be forfeited.

Are program fees refundable?

Because of the flexibility in rescheduling your exam, program fees are non-refundable.

What is the expected passing grade?

Current passing grades are 60% on the exam.

Where can I take the exams?

The exams are offered by Pearson VUE at approximately 6,000 secure and convenient testing centers located in over 170 countries throughout the world.

What kind of testing site security will there be?

Candidates will be required to present two forms of official identification when arriving at the test center. Furthermore, a digital signature using a signature pad and a digital photograph will be taken during the admissions process at the testing center. Candidates must sign-in and sign-out of the testing center. No papers may be brought into the examination room and all rooms are videotaped during testing and monitored by a proctor using a parabolic mirror. Scratch paper is provided at the site, but candidates must leave all papers in the testing room upon completion of the exam.

Can I Bring a Calculator, Mobile, or other device into the Exam?

No. An online scientific calculator, Texas Instrument TI308XS, is part of the test delivery system. No other materials may be brought into the exam room with you. It is suggested that candidates purchase the hand-held version (TI-30XS) to fully familiarize themselves with the calculator.

What is the designation that successful candidates are awarded?

Upon successfully completing the exam, candidates are awarded a Certificate in Operational Risk Management. This is not a professional designation and cannot be added to candidate’s business cards.

Are there any exemptions granted toward the PRM Exams?

No. Completing the ORM Certificate will not yield any exemptions toward the PRM Designation.

Where do I find my exam results?

Exams are graded digitally. Results are usually available within 15 business days of your test date and can be accessed by signing in to your PRMIA account and going to the 'PRMIA Certification Profile' tab in your 'PRMIA Profile'.

How and when do I receive my ORM Designation Certificate?

Documentation & Sharing for features.

What information is shared with Accredible?
Accredible is the provider of the PRMIA digital certificates. In order to provide the digital certificates within the PRMIA Public Directory of Certificate Holders, PRMIA sends the following details to Accredible. These details are taken from your exam records, as shown in your PRMIA Certification Profile tab in your PRMIA profile. The data are sent to Accredible only once the MLARM Certificate is achieved and the status changes to "Holder".

 - PRMIA unique identifier (an internal ID)
 - First and Last Name, and Middle Name or Prefix, if provided
 - Email address
 - Certificate Number
 - Certificate Date

Visit the PRMIA Privacy Policy for more information. 

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